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Some '05 Bordeaux tasting notes

Posted by MReff, Jul 21, 2009.

We sampled some 2005 Bordeaux last night, only two of the wines were decanted beforehand and the price point was $25.00 to 35.00

1. Ch. Haut Briesy-Medoc
Cabernet based, short finish, evolved a little more in the glass, good not great

2. Ch de Fieuzal-Pessac
Spicy with cloves, moderate finish, after some time some cinnamon qualities and leathery tastes. Quite complex

3. Ch Prieu De Meyney- St Estephe
A little faded at first, more fruit on the palate which gives way to a moderate finish. Berries and some orange peel became evident over time.

4. L’Hermitage de Bel Air-Pommerol
Spicy to moderate finish- very astringent and highly acidic, still apparent after an hour or two.

5. Ch La Sacristie -Fronsac
Long and spicy finish, leathery with some cloves very complex, (this is the second label of La Vielle De Cure)

6. Ch Clarke -Listric Medoc
Tannic and structured but nothing came together in time. Could be shut down??

7. Ormez de Pez - St Estephe
Peppery and spicy, some hints of fruit nice.

8. Ch Potensac
No finish at first, thought it was shut down, then after time it opened up a bit but nothing to elegant

The winner in a blind tasting was Wine # 5, the complexity of the La Sacristie was fantastic. A great tasting and all wines were decent but some were much better than the others.


Reply by dmcker, Jul 21, 2009.

Thanks for the pointer to the Chateau La Sacristie-Fronsac. Will keep an eye out for it.

Am curious about the Potensac, though. What do you think was going on? And how long from opening was 'after time'?


Reply by MReff, Jul 21, 2009.

the Potensac was popped and poured, after 45minutes of air there was something more going on. My guess is that this needs some time. Check back in about two to three years to see if any aromas and flavors permeate from the glass

Reply by dmcker, Jul 22, 2009.

For a 2005 Bordeaux of good caliber and provenance you should not even think about pouring until it has been open for two to three hours or more, I would think (I'll sidestep the issue of decanting here). It'll get better in the glass over the next hour, too, if you leave some there during your horizontal tasting. The Potensac might even be better the next morning. ;-)

Frankly, I would drink few 2005s now, only a few for reference purposes, and lay the major proportion down for the future...

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jul 22, 2009.

Potensac usually blossoms with a few years in the bottle so it's a wine I look forward to trying in a few years. It's usually delivers a solid drinking experience at a fair price. Thanks for sharing your notes Mike! If you have time posting them to each wine's detail page will help future buyers of these wines by providing them with your impressions. Hint, hint.

Reply by MReff, Jul 22, 2009.

OK tasting notes posted...

Reply by John Andrews, Jul 23, 2009.

Great notes ... I'm such a newbie when it comes to French wines that posts like this really help me out.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jul 23, 2009.

We should do a French wine tasting next time you're in town then. What a great excuse for some wines from some notable regions of France!

Reply by John Andrews, Jul 23, 2009.

Sounds like I need to find an excuse to get to NYC now ... :-)

Reply by VegasOenophile, Jul 25, 2009.

Yes, generally speaking for most bordeaux, 2005 is a tad young to be popping them open and expecting a well rounded wine, I would think.

Reply by VegasOenophile, Jul 25, 2009.

Unless of course it's not one of the big boy top 5 growths... I have had some great $15 bottles from the 2005 vintage.

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